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OBSERVING KENYA’S NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY: COMMITTING TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW

Kenya celebrated a special public holiday on November 13, 2023, dedicated to a nationwide tree-planting initiative as part of the National Tree Planting Campaign under the Presidential Programme for the Accelerated Restoration of Forests and Rangelands, which aims to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Kithure Kindiki, made the announcement, urging citizens across the country to participate in tree planting as a patriotic gesture contributing to the nation’s efforts in addressing the adverse effects of climate change. The National Tree Planting Day witnessed active involvement from communities, government agencies, and individuals, showcasing a united front in achieving the national target of planting 500 million trees across the country by December 25.

Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) played a pivotal role in these initiatives, aligning with their commitment to fostering environmental sustainability. MSEA’s Director General, Mr. Henry Rithaa, led MSEA officers across the country in tree planting exercises in the Constituency Industrial Development Centres.

The Director General was in Kangau Region, near Silimon Gate, Buuri West at the border of Laikipia and Meru Counties where he led MSEs in planting 4200 indigenous trees and later held a community sensitization session highlighting MSEA’s role in capacity-building, market access, infrastructure development, and access to credit for enhanced productivity and profitability.

One of the key aspects of National Tree Planting Day is the active involvement of communities across the country. Government agencies and individuals come together to participate in tree-planting events, Micro and Small Enterprises Authority management and Staff from across the Country Participated in these initiatives. These initiatives not only aligned with the national goal of planting 15 billion trees by 2032 but also underscored MSEA’s pivotal role in fostering environmental sustainability.

MSEA Director General Mr. Henry Rithaa, spearheading the efforts, led a tree planting exercise in Kangau Region, near Silimon Gate, Buuri West, at the border of Laikipia and Meru Counties. During the event, the DG and MSEs planted 4200 indigenous trees.  Following the tree planting, Mr. Rithaa conducted a community sensitization session, addressing MSEA’s role in capacity-building, market access, MSEs registration, infrastructure development towards promoting adoption of technologies and innovations, and access to credit for enhanced productivity and profitability

MSEA DG, leading tree planting initiative in Buuri West.

Across various counties, MSEA continued its active participation. In Uasin Gishu County, Principal Secretary Susan Mangeni led a high-profile tree planting exercise at Timboroa forest, planting 36,000 trees alongside government officials, state agencies, and the county government. In Baringo County, MSEA’s Director of Corporate Services, Simon Nyamolo, and Director of Infrastructure Development, Eng. Edward Karani, joined the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Hon. Davis Chirchir, and Governor Benjamin Cheboi. The call for active community participation resonated throughout the activity, emphasizing the significance of individual and collective contributions to reforestation and tackling climate change.

The MSEA team in Busia County participated in a tree-planting ceremony at Korinda Prisons. In Kariobangi, a collaborative effort with stakeholders from the Kenya Forest Service, Office of the President, and MSEA saw a tree planting event at Kariobangi South Primary and Kariobangi COE, with the local chief leading the proceedings.

Tree planting activities in Uasin Gishu County, led by PS Susan Mang’eni.

In Kariobangi, a collaborative effort with stakeholders from the Kenya Forest Service, Office of the President, and MSEA saw a tree planting event at Kariobangi South Primary and Kariobangi COE, with the local chief leading the proceedings.

In Laikipia County, MSEA’s participation in a tree-growing activity at Mary Immaculate Primary School. The event garnered support from Deputy Governor Hon. Kamuri, County MP Hon. Kagiri, Area MP Hon. Kiunjuri, and Mr. Muli, Deputy County Commissioner Laikipia East, reinforcing the #JazaMiti campaign.

MSEA Embu team collaborated with Mt. Kenya Environmental Conservation, an NGO founded and managed by an MSE in Runyenjes. The partnership focused on planting trees in all CIDCs and worksites, reflecting a joint commitment to environmental conservation and climate change mitigation.

Kisii County marked the National Tree Planting celebrations at Nyansaria Hills, presided over by CS Eliud Owalo. MSEA Kisii office collaborated with key stakeholders, including the Kisii County Government, Kenya Forest Service, NEMA, and others, emphasizing the importance of collective action in achieving national goals.

Nyandarua MSEA office, in collaboration with the Nyandarua County Government, engaged in the National Tree Planting Day. Their involvement included rallying a group of young mothers registered as an association, and Governor Dr. Moses Badilisha Kiarie pledged support to create job opportunities through equipment provision.

These collective efforts spanned from Nairobi, Kariobangi, Baringo, Embu, Meru, Kitui, Kisii, Uasin Gishu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tharaka Nithi, Nyandarua County, and various other regions, symbolizing a steadfast commitment to addressing climate change and ensuring a sustainable future.

The significance of this tree-planting initiative extends beyond its immediate visual impact, it is a proactive measure against the challenges posed by climate change. In embracing the call to action on National Tree Planting Day, MSEA exemplified a resolute dedication to the preservation and restoration of Kenya’s natural resources for the well-being of present and future generations.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to increase Kenya’s forest cover to at least 30 percent by 2050. Currently, the country’s forest cover is at 8.8 percent, while the tree cover stands at 12.13 percent.

MSEA led collective tree planting initiatives from across the Country.

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